This mask is capable of destroying virus particles | Digital Trends Spanish
The world has found different ways to deal with the pandemic caused by the coronavirus. At the moment, the most effective seem to be the implementation of quarantines and the use of masks.
However, sometimes the latter accessory may not provide the necessary protection and this is where technology becomes more relevant.
The Chinese company Innonix Technologies introduced Respokare (or Respokare NIOSH N95), an innovative type N95 mask that has a unique way of managing the absorption of viruses before destroying them.
How does it work?
For this, the mask has a special permeable membrane that absorbs virus particles instead of leaving them on the surface, where they can continue to be transmitted by contact (when putting on or taking off the mask, for example).
These absorbed particles are then met with an antiviral coating that uses a novel strategy of copper and zinc ions to deactivate the virus particles and render them harmless.
Although the Respokare has not yet been tested for COVID-19, the company explains that it presented a 99-point efficacy percentage against SARS and MERS.
The mask would also have achieved a 99.9 percent inactivation rate against 15 different strains of flu, so it would also serve as a useful protective measure during flu season.
Finally, the Respokare is a NIOSH certified N95 respirator from the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.